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A close look at the official city seal for Lewiston, Maine, incorporated as a town in 1795, reveals the Latin word Industria, a recognition of Lewiston’s industrial heritage.
Following an economic renaissance in the 1980s, Lewiston’s economy and cultural life became more diverse, helping to earn a 2007 All-America City Award designation by the National Civic League. One of the criteria for the award is that a city must document ways in which the lives of children and youth have been tangibly improved. Lewiston schools are significant contributors to meeting this standard. The town’s school district sets high academic standards for its students, recognizing that excellent schools are crucial to the community’s vitality, growth and cultural development.
Lewiston Public Schools, which serve more than 4,900 students in nine community schools, grades K-12, began with a vision, articulated in a plan for 2008-2011: “Lewiston Public Schools comprise a school system of excellence, where all learners succeed at high levels and where learning is standards-based, collaborative, rigorous, interactive, and responsive to the needs of diverse learners and our community.” ²
Caron notes that the standards for the Farwell and Geiger buildings were ambitious. Given that two of the schools were new construction, the district had the freedom to be creative in the design and the desire for “the best technology available.”
Caron says he likes the fact that Quantum’s automation is centralized, which makes life easier for him and his staff. He also says the Green Glance monitoring software brings energy-efficiency “awareness and ownership” to the students.
Some of the students gained even more awareness and ownership than others. A number of high school students, who are enrolled in the school district’s two-year Electricity Program at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center (LRTC), helped with the installation of the lighting control products providing a “real-world” opportunity.
The report goes on to state, “In the opinion of this evaluator, the higher than anticipated level of savings achieved by this project are directly attributable to the extraordinary level of commissioning and tuning provided for this project. The installation is an exceptional example of the level of savings that can be achieved with properly installed lighting controls.”1In conclusion, the Lutron system produced “considerable energy savings” and the project could be deemed “cost effective.”
Taylor Belanger, a teacher at Montello Elementary, was delegated the responsibility of testing the lighting controls for the school district, and notes the integration of day lighting with dimmable electric lighting has improved both the learning and teaching environment, “I like a work environment that is natural,” she says. “With EcoSystem, I like the color of the lights. They’re not as harsh as before. It’s a natural, clear light that is more conducive to learning and better student behavior.”
Belanger adds that she likes the fact that the EcoSystem controls allow for only a section of the classroom to be fully lighted (such as directly over her desk) while the rest of the room can be dimmed when appropriate. She also says having the lighting controls means that students never have to be troubled by glare on computer screens, “The students know how to use the lighting controls and, even at this young age, they have the capacity to understand we are saving energy.”